Manager, Manufacturing Development

Sol de Janeiro

Sol de Janeiro

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Launched in 2015, SOL DE JANEIRO is an award-winning, fast-growing premium global lifestyle beauty brand inspired by the beauty rituals and attitude of the beaches of Rio. Our brand purpose is to spark endless self-celebration and joy through the power and warmth of the Brazilian spirit. This philosophy extends from our products to our corporate culture. We are leaders, permanently inquisitive, category obsessed, incredibly diverse, self-demanding, true team players, and we are all Brazilian in Spirit.

Headquartered in New York and launched as a digitally native brand, we have expanded globally with teams in Rio, Paris, London, and Germany. Our commitment to excellence has earned us prestigious honors, including TIME100's 2024 Most Influential Company, Fast Company's 2024 World's Most Innovative Companies and 2023 Brands that Matter, Allure's 2024 Readers' Choice Awards, and WWD's 2023 Beauty Inc Award in the Prestige category. These accolades highlight our dedication to being a leading brand in the beauty industry and an exceptional workplace.

As a key member of the Product Engineering team, you will play a pivotal role in the scale-up and commercialization of Sol de Janeiro formulations. Specializing in the transition from bench to production, this position requires a blend of technical prowess in manufacturing processes, a keen eye for efficiency, and a commitment to quality and sustainability. You will work closely with contract manufacturers (CMs) to ensure the flawless scalability of our products, aligning technical requirements with business goals.

This role will report to the Director of Product Engineering.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manufacturing Development: Lead the end-to-end manufacturing development process for new and existing product formulations, focusing on scalability, efficiency, quality and sustainability. This includes managing pilot batches, line trials, and first production runs, in preparation to hand off on-going production to supply chain.
  • Formulation & Process Expertise: Leverage in-depth knowledge of cosmetic chemistry and process engineering optimization to ensure product formulations' robustness, consistency, and compliance at scale.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Serve as a technical liaison between contract manufacturers, and internal teams such as Product Development, Packaging, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain and Quality, ensuring cohesive efforts in product commercialization.
  • Process Optimization: Continuously seek out and evaluate new processing technologies and methods that can enhance manufacturing efficiency and sustainability. Drive initiatives to implement these improvements in collaboration with CMs.
  • Sustainable Manufacturing: Advocate and integrate sustainable practices throughout the manufacturing process, aligning with organizational goals for environmental responsibility.
  • Technical Leadership: Provide technical guidance and support across various projects, ensuring manufacturing processes are optimized for quality, cost, and time-to-market.
  • Other duties as assigned depending on needs of the business.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Chemistry, or a related scientific discipline; an advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 4+ years' experience in a technical engineering role within the beauty or consumer goods industry is preferred.
  • Proven track record in leading successful product scale-up pilots, line trials, and manufacturing readiness projects within the beauty sector.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate complex technical information to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and project management capabilities.
  • Willingness to 50% travel
  • Must be comfortable working a hybrid schedule (1-3 days per week in our NY Office)

Salary Range

$100,000—$110,000 USD

In addition to base salary, this position is eligible for participation in a highly competitive bonus program with the possibility for overachievement based on performance and company results.

The information contained herein is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee, as these may change or new ones may be assigned at any time.

Sol de Janeiro is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status.